Unplugged and missing out on everything and nothing

I couldn’t find my Garmin watch this morning so I am watchless. I went running anyway—completely unplugged—which is something I would not have done this summer. Turns out that if the Internet doesn’t know about it while it’s happening (or has no Strava record of it after the fact), it still happened.

It also seems that the sun keeps rising and setting, even if I don’t check in on Facebook every day. Even better, my mood has improved. I’ve gone for over a week without yelling at my kids. Overall, my frustration level is lower. I’m willing to concede I might miss a few breaking news stories or pictures of puppies or my friends’ kids, but I’m okay with that.

I’m managing. I’m finding the Joy Of Missing Out.

Trees on M-123

On my mind:

  • Time: I’m thinking about it a lot these days—how much I have and what I want to do with that time. Going to a funeral can do that to you.
  • Poverty. I can’t stop thinking about this podcast series on poverty myths I listened to last week, how the story of poverty in America is so wrapped in lies and how much we interject personal bias. Also, how so many of us, myself included, don’t really know poverty. We know people who struggle financially, and we may even have been there at many points in our lives, but we always had a home to go to at the end of the day. Something to eat in the fridge. Heat. Electricity. Running water. We don’t know real poverty. We’ve never even seen it first hand. But the saddest part? It doesn’t have to be this way. And I’m not doing anything to change that. That needs to change.  (Listen to the Busted: America’s Poverty Myths by On the Media)
  • Privacy, specifically digital privacy and recognizing the argument of “I have nothing to hide, so I don’t care if everyone has access to my data” is stupid. Yup, another podcast series: The Privacy Paradox by Note to Self.